In any other season they would have been gathered in the stands, cheering on their respective sides as they battle to make the biggest game in local football.
But not this year for supporters of Cliftonville, Glentoran, Ballymena United and Coleraine.
The legacy of lockdown means a lockout from today's Irish Cup semi-finals.
Instead fans who would normally follow their team week in, week out will be forced to watch on television.
In what is usually one of the biggest days in the Irish League calendar, the four teams will fight it out behind closed doors today for a place in the showpiece final.
The two semi-finals of the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup are both being played at Windsor Park, where Coleraine face Ballymena at 4pm and Glentoran take on Cliftonville at 8pm.
The Irish FA has confirmed that 500 supporters will be allowed to attend Friday's final following the Executive's decision to allow spectators to attend outdoor sporting events.
However, the news came too late for the semi-finals.
Both fixtures will be shown live by BBC Sport Northern Ireland and fans have been busy getting prepared.
Ballymena fan and chairman of the Spirit of 89 supporters' club David McCaig said he would only miss two or three games a season, and recalls a time when he went eight straight years without missing a single fixture.
Every year the 47-year-old tells his wife to make sure there are no holidays or weekends away booked around the latter stages of the Irish Cup and the Irish League season.
David said he was "heartbroken" at not being able to attend today's game against Coleraine, especially with it being such a huge derby.
"We thought there was going to be a window of opportunity for maybe season ticket holders being allowed in," said David, who has been following the Braidmen for 42 years.
"I have been a season ticket holder since I was a five or six-year-old, I always had my season ticket.
"I thought maybe they would let us in but that was dashed when they said no fans allowed, but we're all in the same boat in that regard. Coleraine fans are the same.
"People were going to organise a Zoom thing to watch it but I said: 'No, I'm sitting in the house on my own with no distractions'. And I told my wife and our wee girl to go to her mother's for the night.
"My phone will be off to watch the game and it's going to be so surreal not being there. I have never missed a big occasion; never, ever, but it's one of those things."
Coleraine superfan Dougie Wilson (66) has been attending The Showgrounds for 40 years and follows Oran Kearney's side with his family home and away.
Despite the disappointment of not being able to head to Windsor Park, Dougie along with his wife, two daughters and grandson are joining their fellow Bannsiders at The Showgrounds to watch the game on a big screen.
"They have described it as a big screen, but how big a screen it is I don't know," said Dougie, who only ever misses a Coleraine match when he is on holiday.
"The social club will be open and a few fans will be going for a bit of a day out.
"Ballymena really take the biscuit with us, but this is what we have been missing for four months now.
"My grandson is in the 2009 academy at Coleraine and he's only started training again this week after four months.
"He was a ball boy at the League Cup final behind the goals, so he had a great time there."
Dougie also takes his grandson Jack to football training at the Ulster University in Coleraine and he said the first team players know all their youth players by first name.
"That's the sort of club it is, they love us and we love them," he added.
"We're just one big family and one big community."
Elsewhere, Glentoran supporter Girvan Wiltshire (52), who has been a member of the Glens' Stormont supporters' club for 30 years, never misses a game unless he is away enjoying the sun.
In fact Girvan only missed three Glens games this season as he was on holiday, but he understands why the semi-final against Cliftonville is being played behind closed doors.
"Of course, with the two matches at the one time it would have been a bit more awkward as well," he said.
"We're all in this together but I would be feeling a lot worse about missing it if I was ill or if it was because I was working or something.
"With it being live on television it definitely softens the blow instead of trying to keep up to date on social media, especially since the last match was in March.
"A couple of the boys from the supporters' club will be coming round and we'll be keeping the numbers down under the current circumstances.
"We'll have a couple of beers and maybe a pizza at half-time."
Cliftonville season ticket holder Pedro Donald, who owns The Sunflower in Belfast city centre and The American Bar in the docks, is planning to meet a few friends and rival Glentoran supporters to watch the game.
The first Cliftonville game Pedro witnessed was the 1979 Irish Cup final when the Reds beat Portadown 3-2 - the last time the north Belfast club lifted the trophy.
"Obviously, we would love to go to the match but with everything going on we can't," said Pedro. "At least it's on TV and the ones I would regularly go on a Saturday with are all meeting up to watch it, socially-distanced.
"We're actually meeting up with some Glentoran fans, so it should be good craic if nothing else.
"My first ever football match was the 1979 cup final and we haven't won the thing since. I thought it was brilliant, and here we are 41 years later and we haven't won it since then."
Meanwhile, fellow Cliftonville season ticket holder Henry McDonald hopes that if his side beat Glentoran today, those who regularly put in a shift at Solitude will be given priority when the small amount of cup final tickets are handed out.
"The tickets should be given to the people who do the voluntary work at Solitude - the guys who pick up the litter, the guys who do the security, the guys who sell the programmes and work in the club shop," he said.
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Cliftonville skipper Chris Curran believes Windsor Park is an 'unforgiving venue' but reckons his team will not be found wanting after the long lay-off when they face Glentoran in the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup semi-final tonight.